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VOLUME XVI, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2000
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Cover Story
Erasing the Barriers for Children with Special Learning Needs

Special Features

An Interview with the Forstroms

An Interview with Betty Statnick: HSLDA’s Special Needs Coordinator

National Center Reports

Will the 2000 Elections Impact Home School Freedom?

106th Congress Wrap-Up

Across the States

State by State

Regular Features

Active Cases

Prayer and Praise

Notes to Members

Presidents Page

F. Y. I.

Association News

An Affirmative Plan: Debate Tournament

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Massachusetts

Check the Facts First, Please

On October 28, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Brighton received a notice commanding them to appear in Juvenile Court on November 3 for a preliminary hearing. The notice alleged that their child was “in need of services” on the grounds of “persistently and willfully fail[ing] to attend school.” Such news was extremely distressing to the family, especially since they had received a signed recognition for their home school program from the school district in September.

By contacting appropriate officials on behalf of this family, HSLDA was able to obtain the dismissal of the case. In the process, we learned that the truant officer neglected to take the simple step of checking to see if the family was in a home school program recognized by the school district before filing in juvenile court. — Scott A. Woodruff